As historians may tell you, drugs were treated much differently ten to one hundred years ago versus how they are used today. Sometimes essential oils and medications evolved into some of the most feared and lethal substances on the planet. For example, did you know the drug crystal meth was originally a sleep medication and weight-loss supplement? Recently, scientists have confirmed that marijuana has been popular for over 10,000 years (including recreational use of the drug). Another party drug, MDMA, also has a significant history. Let’s take a closer look at the destructive history of this mind-altering drug.

Wartime Playtime

In 1912, German scientists originally developed MDMA (also known as ecstasy or Molly) as a pharmaceutical component. While experimenting with medications that could stop excessive bleeding, the scientists found a chemical called “3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine,” which was revealed to produce unusual psychoactive side effects. Two years later, in 1914, Merck (pharmaceutical company) officially patented MDMA as a pharmaceutical element.

Sometime later, during the Cold War, both the U.S. Army and the CIA conducted experiments in which MDMA and other hallucinogens were utilized as weapons. Even more disturbing, in the 1950s, the CIA initiated MK-Ultra, a project that tested these dangerous drugs on unwilling subjects to enhance concepts of mind control. However, none of the subjects were human.

Medicine and the War on Drugs

A LOOK BACK ON THE PSYCHEDELIC HISTORY OF MDMAIn the 1970s, psychiatrists prescribed MDMA as a psychotherapeutic medication, not unlike proposed options for the drug to be used as a PTSD alleviant today. As the 1980s approached, though, ecstasy had already garnered its reputation as a nasty party drug (or club drug) and earned the nickname “yuppie psychedelic,” due to producing a milder effect than LSD. In 1985, the United State government labeled MDMA a Schedule-I drug under the Controlled Substance Act, effectively banning it. Officials argued the drug hurt rather than helped and had no pharmaceutical values whatsoever.

Nevertheless, the drug is still passed around at clubs and has maintained infamy as a part of rave culture in the United States and the world.

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